Ariston launches new energy saving products


HCMC - Ariston Thermo Vietnam Company Ltd on Friday started marketing its new energy saving heating products on the market where the Italian brand considers as the most important country in Asia. Michele Morichi, country manager of Ariston Thermo Vietnam, told the Daily at the launching event held at the hotel Sheraton Saigon in downtown HCMC that the new SS Series products and Heat Pump water heater would be a chance for the company to affirm its leadership in the sector in Vietnam. Some visitors have a look at a heating product displayed at the launching event held at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel in downtown HCMC on Friday - Photo: Dinh Dung … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Apr 13


Tuoitrenews briefs some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media: -- Sweden has confirmed that it will support the European Union's early recognition of Vietnam's market economy status and help speed up negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the EU to ensure it will be completed in 2014, Ewa Bjorling, Swedish Minister for Trade and Nordic Cooperation, told Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in his recent working visit to Stockholm. -- A recent seminar introducing prospects for wide-ranging cooperation between Vietnam and France has been organized in the city of Tours in the central Indre Et Loire province of France. The event, part of the activities held to celebrate the Vietnam Year in France 2014, has showcased Vietnam's potentials in economics, culture and human resources to French participants who are seeking investment opportunities in Vietnam. Society: -- Electricity is responsible for most of the recent fires in Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Energy labeling for energy saving products


(VEN) - As energy prices are greatly fluctuate and consumer demand for energy efficiency products increases, energy labeling is considered as passport to lead the way for energy saving products to domestic consumers. Electric fan is one of home appliances tagged with energy efficiency label Walking around several markets in Hanoi, we can see the increasing consumer trend of choosing to buy power saving appliances. However, apart from the ads and producer notes written on leaflets, consumers have no idea of how a power saving product looks like. In this case, the energy label is a sign to help consumers identify energy efficiency and high performance products. In addition, the label can become a technical barrier to separate high from low energy efficiency appliances, while urging manufacturers to market more high energy efficiency products. Previously, there were two lines of products labeled as energy efficiency including compact fluorescent light bulbs and electric fans. According … [Read more...]

Ariston proud to be a successful Italian brand in Vietnam


(VEN) - To mark the Year of Italy in Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Vietnam, Vietnam Economic News' Phuong Linh spoke with Stefano Cartoni, General Director of Ariston Thermo Vietnam, the most successful Italian company in the water heater sector in Vietnam. The global economic crisis has been sparking a series of difficulties to enterprises. However, it is said that 2012 is the most successful year of Ariston Thermo. Could you please elaborate more about its success by figures? Ariston Thermo accomplished 2012 as a year of very positive result. The Group increase its revenues outpacing market trend, while improving profitability and return on invested capital. All 2012 goals were met and even exceeded. International expansion continued to be a strategic driver for business growth, supported by a continuous improvement of the Group's professional and managerial team. The group has achieved annual revenues of 1,324 million euro, up 5.9 … [Read more...]

Ariston boils up new water heater factory


Ariston Thermo Group last week kicked-off construction of what will become Asia's second largest water heater factory. Mainly intended to supply for Vietnam and Southeast Asian markets, the plant employs an Italian-designed water heater production line and on-site waste water treatment system. The construction of new plant in Bac Ninh will lay a solid foundation for the company to achieve its vision and mission in Vietnam market, according to Ariston Thermo commercial director Stefano Cartoni. … [Read more...]

“Beautiful Life” Program Launched

(VEN) - On August 8, 2011 in Hanoi, the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Office in conjunction with the Ariston Thermo Vietnam Company and the Hanoi Radio and Television organized a press conference launching the television program on using electricity safely and effectively entitled "Beautiful Life". The program has practical meaning to people and businesses, improving their awareness of using electricity safely and effectively. The program will be divided into 52 parts per year. The first part will be broadcasted at 21h58' on Monday on Channel H1 and at 19h40' on Friday on Channel H2. Nguyen Dinh Hiep, the director of the Science and Technology Department cum director of the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Office under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that energy conservation programs will focus on encouraging the community apply energy conservation methods. Accordingly, the "Beautiful Life" program will focus on supplying knowledge of using electricity safely and … [Read more...]

Ariston Keeps Stronger Foothold in Vietnamese Market

Mr Paolo Merloni - CEO of Ariston has recently paid a working visit to Vietnam. On the occasion, Vietnam Business Forum reporter had an interview with him around Ariston's business activities in Vietnam. What is the purpose of your visit to Vietnam?

There are different purposes for my visit here after 5 years, some of them related to our Company strategy and organisation in this special economic situation, some others related to my professional interest in this Country's development of lifestyle and evolution of business models. I also developed a big curiosity to explore again a market where Ariston is becoming more and more an icon of well-being, where the sales of our products are so closely related to the desire of modernity and comfort by the whole Vietnamese society. In the last 5 years Ariston made huge steps ahead in Vietnam market, not only by reconfirming a very solid leadership in Water Heating, but more importantly Ariston established a trustful relation with Vietnamese consumers, thanks to our social campaigns for Safety and Energy Saving, and provided tangible benefits to Ariston products users. What is the position of the Vietnam market in Ariston's strategies for Asia? Vietnam represents, together with China … [Read more...]

Le Meridien Saigon holds mass recruitment day

Kieu Giang Le Méridien Saigon will be the first Le Méridien hotel in Vietnam yet the fourth property under the management of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the country, including Four Points by Sheraton Danang (slated to open on July 1, 2017), Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa. Le Méridien Saigon will commence service from mid-2015. "Our associates are guaranteed to have experience and world-class training and development that will ensure they reach their true potential. Our commitment is to support the local tourism sector’s sustainable development through the development of local young talent who will be leaders at our properties in the near future," said Frank Bochmann, the hotel’s general manager, in a statement. Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 103 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts … [Read more...]

Swiss brand says Hoang Sa, Truong Sa ‘belong to Vietnam’ on watches


Swiss brand Candino has debuted its special watches whose clock faces include a message, as suggested by its Vietnamese partner, saying Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos "belong to Vietnam." A ceremony was held at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday to introduce the watches. Candino has finished making 1,888 such watches that are simply but tastefully designed and boast the red Vietnamese flag right in the 12 o’clock position, which is indicative of the Southeast Asian country’s solemnity and eternity. On the clock face are words that read "Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam." The watch back has an intricately carved relief of the Vietnamese map along with the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and Phu Quoc Island. The Candino Swiss watches say "Hoang Sa Tuoi Tre Hoang Sa is an island district under the administration of the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang while Truong Sa is also an island … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur.

HCM City hotels host New Year countdown parties A number of HCM City-based hotels are holding countdown parties to welcome the New Year. Female DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur will present a special performance on New Year's Eve at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers' Level 23 Nightspot, while Filipino band Sound On Fire will perform at the countdown party at the hotel's The Lounge. Sofitel Saigon Plaza will host a countdown party at a rooftop pool with a live music performance by local DJs. All the events are scheduled for New Year's Eve. Guns N' Roses tribute night Fans of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses shouldn't miss a tribute concert to the legendary band hosted by Hanoi Rock City tonight. Local band Nevermind will relive the early 1990s with a repertoire featuring more than 20 songs by the American hard rock band such as Civil War and Welcome to the Jungle. The show will start at 8pm at Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District). Tickets cost … [Read more...]

Where to celebrate Christmas


Kieu Giang Caravelle Saigon Christmas Eve gala dinner, Christmas Day luncheon and Christmas Day dinner buffet will feature traditional holiday dishes. Early diners on Christmas Eve will be treated to a musical performance by the Children Choirs as well as the hotel’s in-house carolers; and a live jazz quartet will play festive tunes from 8 p.m. on December 24. Duxton Hotel Saigon Christmas special treats are at The Grill Restaurant. Function rooms offer a wonderful range of Christmas and New Year menus for your meetings. Hotel Equatorial HCMC On December 24, people can join in a buffet dinner at Chit Chat Restaurant while immersing in Christmas songs to be played by the carol team and being delighted by Santa Claus. Orientica holds a meaningful night with Christmas tune and surprise from Santa. On December 25, Chit Chat also hosts Christmas Day brunch and dinner. Hotel Nikko Saigon La Brasserie Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Saigon introduces fine dining, live music, … [Read more...]

New World Saigon Hotel to fund ambulance boat for the poor

Sight-impaired children from Thien An Shelter in HCMC’s Tan Phu District performs popular Christmas carols at a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which was held last week at the five-star New World Saigon Hotel to ring in the festive season in town - PHOTO: NGOC MINH

Quang Minh The medical ambulance boat will be designed in Australia able to sail in rough weather conditions with a solid aluminum hulk, and capable of transporting patients in half the time taken by road to HCMC. Guests to the hotel are advised to donate VND20,000 (or US$1) to the charity project which runs until February 28 to help save a life. … [Read more...]

Where to go on Halloween in Saigon, Hanoi


VietNamNet Bridge - A number of parks, hotels, restaurants and bars in Hanoi and HCM City have prepared exciting programs to treat guests this Friday and Saturday on the occasion of Halloween. Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death." Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Over the past decade, Halloween has been … [Read more...]

Where to go on Halloween in Saigon


A number of hotels, restaurants and bars in HCMC have prepared exciting programs to treat guests this Friday and Saturday on the occasion of Halloween.Trick or Treat Night at Hotel Equatorial HCMC The Trick or Treat Night promises various fun activities for adults and children, including a buffet dinner featuring pumpkin dishes and seafood. Kids with impressive Halloween costumes will have a chance to win vouchers for Galaxy gifts and an "Eat All You Can" dim sum feast for two people. Early bird bookings will enjoy a discount of 10% until Wednesday. Haunted Halloween Night at Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon The hotel's Atrium Café will put on an international buffet consisting of frightful foods and devilish drinks in an atmosphere of haunted Halloween from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Face paintings will be available for partygoers. The restaurant will be shrouded in black and white, darkly-lit candles and ghoulishly decorated with scattered bones, skeletons of creepy crawlies of giant … [Read more...]

Thousands rush to Oktoberfest in Saigon

Kieu Giang Thousands of expatriates and Vietnamese joined the opening day of a week-long Oktoberfest celebration at the five-star Windsor Plaza Saigon Hotel in HCMC's District 5. The organizers - the German Business Association, Windsor Plaza Saigon, and the consulate general of Germany in HCMC - expect more than 15,000 beer and music lovers will take part in the 22nd beer fest here in the city last Friday and Saturday and from tomorrow till Saturday this week. Locals and expats can enjoy the exciting atmosphere of Oktoberfest at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers and Gartenstadt Restaurant in District 1 in October. An extravagant Oktoberfest will take place at the JW Marriott Hanoi Hotel on October 23-24 and is expected to lure 2,500 participants. - News: Kieu Giang … [Read more...]

The Week of September 1 – 7


HANOIPERFORMANCEHanoi Rock City27/52 To Ngoc Van street, Tay Ho district Sonic Moon Festival 2014 8 pm, September 5 Come to enjoy a rave dance night full of the grooves, the lighting and trippy visuals. Ticket: VND100,000 Old House 87 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district Ca Tru Thang Long Club Every Tue, Thu and Sat, 8 - 9 pm The show is put on by a trio including 83-year-old singer Nguyen Thi Chuc, dan day (long-necked lute-like instrument with three silk strings and 10 frets) player Nguyen Phu De, 88, and their student, singer Pham Thi Hue. Ticket: VND100,000 … [Read more...]

Hotels and resorts prepare for National Day

The Saigon Times Daily Hotel Equatorial HCMC Chit Chat Restaurant on ground floor offers a dinner buffet featuring a wide selection of lobster, oyster, and crabs at the price of VND840,000++ per person (including free flow of red and white wines, beer, soft drink, cocktail, tea, coffee). The Chinese restaurant Orientica on level 2 has an "Eat All You Can Dim Sum" served with fine tea at VND338,000++ per person for lunch. For dinner, guests can also choose anything from the restaurant's selected menu "All You Can Eat" featuring seafood, sushi, and sashimi at the price of VND450,000++ per person. … [Read more...]